It seems as the modern world takes hold with everything being fast, online, on mobile devices and access to the world becomes easier each day, that the old fashioned concept of ‘keeping your word‘ is dissappearing. It has greatly disturbed me to see people and businesses going down this path.
What happened to the “good ole days” when a hand-shake and a promise was all that was needed to be able to ‘trust’ someone?
So a business moves to the internet to find new custom and as an effective method of supporting clients in diverse locations. Does this mean ethics just disappear? No. I can never accept this is the direction the world is heading in, and in fact, I see evidence that this type of issue has ‘turned the corner’ and is returning to old fashioned standards. Right now I see that people have been shaken by the world economy and they are concerned, if not fearful of doing business transactions as ‘what people and business say is often not what they do.’
How sad is this?
I have spent years being engrossed in topics linked to personal development and things like ‘goal setting’, ‘being aware of what you think and what you say’ and ‘integrity’ that have all become paramount in my world.
I decided to look up the word ‘integrity’ on dictionary.com. (yes I do most things online now also) This site quotes the meaning of integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” I am dumbfounded as to why acting in this way seems to be a challenge for so many people and that then flows through to the businesses they are part of. It is time to make a stand! To stamp out everything from our world that is anything less that what this description gives us – adherence to moral and ethical principles.
How many times have you purchased a product from a business only to find it is much harder to work than was first implied or it doesn’t really do what the sales people said it would?
What about investments – ah yes, I am only too aware that the disclaimer with investment product really covers them as you cannot really predict future returns – but wouldn’t you think it should be something like what the sales people said to you?
I could really go on with so many comments here as I have fallen victim to these types of low integrity purchases as well.
Selling with integrity!
Share with others if you have dealings with businesses that show high integrity. That do what they said they would do, to the very best of their ability. Whose products work in the way the sales staff said it would. This is how we stamp out the other lower standards displayed in the world today.
For me, You Are Your Words, is a phrase to stand by and hold ones head up high. Do we make mistakes? Of course, we are human after all, but always doing the best we can in what ever we do, and encouraging the person beside you to do the same – this can only start a revolution of the highest standard the world has seen. Individuals carry these traits through to their business dealings and so the world becomes a better place.
Sounds like an ideal? Yes maybe so, however, I have walked away from people and businesses that showed a lower level of intergrity than I was prepared to accept and I am determined to always carry out my businesses with the highest level of integrity that is possible.
I guess this has been my ‘rant’ for the day and hope you share some of my views.
“You Are Your Words” – DebbieRein.com